Chinese New Year Foodie Treats


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year – the year of the pig – is here and will be celebrated across Scotland with a variety of exhibitions, concerts, dinners and film screenings. This year is the Year of the Pig, which is one of the 12-year cycle animals on the Chinese Zodiac. Pigs symbolise good fortune and wealth in Chinese culture and this year’s celebrations brings a proliferation of porcine merchandise, greetings and decorations.

This week TV Chefs Jimmy Lee (from Glasgow’s Lychee Oriental) and Julie Lin (of Julie’s Kopitiam) who first hit our screens together on STV to present culinary hit TV show Hot Woks have re-united to organise a feast in celebration of Chinese culture with a unique four course dinner at SWG3 in Glasgow on Thursday 7th February.

Chinese New Year, which happens on the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar is a season to celebrate the gathering with loved ones over a reunion dinner.

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Jimmy and Julie

Join Julie and Jimmy

Julie & Jimmy Cook Chinese New Year four course menu includes; Congee with crispy lotus root served with ginger and spring onion; Pork and prawn jiaozi dumplings with black vinegar and chilli bean oil and Char Siu Ramsay’s of Carluke pork with XO broccoli, soy egg with jasmine rice.

The decadent dessert is dark chocolate and sesame sticky rice balls, served with ginger ice cream, cashews, clementine and gula melaka syrup.

Chef Jimmy Lee said: “It is very exciting for us to be working together again to cook a feast in celebration of Chinese New Year. Glasgow is home to many Chinese residents and visitors with food at the heart of the annual festivities.”

Reservations are now open to join Julie and Jimmy at either of the two sittings on Thursday 7th February; 17:30pm – 19:30pm or 20:00pm – 22:00pm at SWG3 with a limited number of tickets available for each time slot.

Tickets are priced at £35 per person and to book your table please click here.

Julie Lin said: “We want to make this special dinner memorable for all our guests with a wonderful spread of traditional Chinese food and modern Asian flavours. It will be ‘pure festive indulgence’ and we even have a few surprises lined-up for each and every guest who joins us.”

If you’d rather stay in this Chinese New Year, Chef Jimmy suggests a few of his favourite lucky Chinese New Year dishes, which he will be cooking tonight on STV News.

He says: “There are so many traditions and superstitions during the festivities including cleaning the house on New Years eve to sweep away bad luck. I remember when I was young we used to be given red envelopes filled with money by our relatives in exchange for wishing them health and prosperity. Today, many kids would get a digital transfer of money via red envelope apps”.

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Peking and Honey Bourbon Ribs

New Year’s Eve dinner is the most important meal of the year and as Jimmy explains many people around the world will be eating pork, noddles and fish. Today he will be cooking a feast for his family with Peking and honey bourbon ribs, steamed seabass fillets with ginger spring onion and a one pan beef and black bean udon noodles.

Jimmy continues: “There is a Chinese saying ‘may there be fish every year’ – that’s why we normally have whole fish for prosperity during celebrations. Noodles are also served for happiness and longevity. During the festivities dumplings would also be served to represent wealth. There would also be one lucky dumpling with a lucky coin inside.”

Discover Jimmy’s Chinese New Year food throughout this week at Lychee Oriental on Mitchell Street in Glasgow.

Rosalind Erskine

I write features and web articles for No.1 Magazine on everything from interiors and homes to beauty, fashion and food and drink.